New K-drama Alert: Fight My Way, My Sassy Girl, and The Best Hit Reviews
Fight My Way
What it's about: Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won) and Go Dong Man (Park Seo Joon) have been best friends since childhood, when they both dreamed of stardom. As adults, they're both living third-rate lives, but they're always there to support each other (and obviously fall in love at some point, I assume).
Episodes watched: 4
First impressions: For the majority of episode 1, I just felt sad for all the characters and maybe a teensy bit detached and bored. then Ae Ra and Dong Man shared some screentime, and I was hooked.
Fight My Way isn't the flashiest of dramas, but I just so happen to love slice-of-life shows when they're done well. Kim Ji Won finally got her chance to headline a series, and she's making Ae Ra one of my new favorite drama heroines—she's strong willed and never lets others put her down or push her around, and yet she has a vulnerable side that makes her feel well-rounded and human.
I kind of thought that Park Seo Joon's Dong Man would be the big draw in the series, but really, his character shines most when he's with Ae Ra. I'm a huge sucker for best-friends-to-lovers stories, and the way Dong Man recognizes Ae Ra's crying voice and gazes at her when she's not looking melt me into a puddle of goo.
I haven't really found myself caring much about the secondary love story yet, but on the other hand, Kim Sung Oh unexpectedly appeared in this drama, and whenever Kim Sung Oh appears, that automatically earns any show five zillion bonus points, so it all evens out.
Where to watch Fight My Way
My Sassy Girl
What it's about: A Joseon-era remake of the popular 2001 romcom film of the same name, this series follows arrogant scholar Gyun Woo (Joo Won), who meets his match in outlandish Princess Hyemyung (Oh Yeon Seo).
Episodes watched: 4 (or two unsplit episodes)
First impressions: Ummm. I don't even know. First of all, I think it's unfair to call this a "remake" when the majority of the plot is totally different from the movie (as far as I can tell, though I haven't actually seen it). I went into the series liking both leads and not having any bias about the movie, but I still wasn't really sold on it.
I get that the entire point of My Sassy Girl is, you know, the whole sassy girl part. As a result, I wasn't really bothered by Hyemyung's over-the-top behavior in the premiere week like some other viewers were. Where my hesitation comes in is the really slapstick humor. It's not totally my style (see my love of slice-of-life dramas above), and it made it hard for me to connect with the leads or the plot right off the bat.
That's not to say this series doesn't have potential in the romance department. If I were in the midst of a drama drought, I would probably brave all the bodily humor for the stunningly gorgeous costumes and the hope of a sweet love story, but with the currently saturated K-drama landscape, I'll probably give it a pass for now.
Where to watch My Sassy Girl:
The Best Hit
What it's about: '90s pop sensation Yoo Hyun Jae (Yoon Si Yoon) disappears one day, only to pop up in 2017 Seoul. There, he runs into idol trainee Lee Ji Hoon (Kim Min Jae) and Choi Woo Seung (Lee Se Young), a young woman busy studying for the civil service exam.
Episodes watched: 4 (according to the new split episode schedule)
First impressions: This drama went right under my radar, so I had no idea it had premiered or even really what it was about until a friend mentioned it to me. As a result, episode 1 was basically a series of me trying to figure out what on earth was happening and who anyone was and how they were all related to each other.
I'm still getting a feel for this show, but what I can say so far is that Lee Se Young's character is awesome, Yoon Si Yoon's character is hilarious with his time travel antics (telling the phone she could rest was my favorite), and Kim Min Jae's character has completely and totally stolen my heart to the point where I'm not sure I can handle watching if he's not the romantic endgame.
My feelings might change as we get to know Hyun Jae a little better, but when you spend almost all of episode 1 with Ji Hoon and his little puppy dog eyes, how in the world can I not root for him?
In other words, The Best Hit is a little confusing, very hilarious, full of fun cameos, and definitely worth checking out, if only so we can all sob together when Ji Hoon loses the girl of his dreams to his time-travelling (maybe) father.
|Yup. That's it. That's the look right there that's going to break my heart.|
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What Are You Watching?
That's everything I'm watching, but I haven't even touched Circle, Lookout, or Seven Day Queen, all of which my drama-loving heart insists I should be watching if I were a proper drama fan. Too bad for my drama-loving heart, though, because a woman's gotta sleep and remodel her house sometimes, and that means I've just about hit my limit for now.
In this bounteous harvest of dramas, which ones have caught your eye? Any I'm missing that I should just skip sleep to watch? Let me know!